Shout! Factory Sets DVD, Blu-ray Disc Dates for Oscar-Nominated ‘Farmageddon’

Shout! Factory on Oct. 18 will release the Academy Award-nominated animated adventure A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon in a two-disc Blu-ray Disc + DVD combo pack.

The film was produced by Aardman Animations, the multiple award-winning studio behind Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit.

The set includes a number of bonus features, including the “25 Years of Shaun the Sheep” and “How to Draw Shaun and Lu-La” featurettes as well as a making-of documentary.

The film features the cast of characters from the global “Shaun the Sheep” brand, which also includes a popular TV series, video games, and a stage show. When a mischievous alien crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun sets off on a thrilling rescue mission to help her return home, while a secret government UFO organization is hot on their trail. 

‘Three Wishes for Cinderella’ Prepped for Oct. 18 Home Release by Shout! Studios

Shout! Studios has announced the Oct. 18 release of Three Wishes for Cinderella, a new version of the classic fairy tale starring international pop sensation Astrid S.

The film will be getting a multi-platform release, with availability on DVD, in a Blu-ray Disc + DVD combo pack, as a digital download, and VOD.

The new epic fantasy movie is being released by Shout! Studios in collaboration with Sola Media and Storm Films. The film is set in the arctic winter of Norway. Cinderella emerges from this modern interpretation of the classic story as kind and beautiful while being strong, independent, and active in forging her own path.

Since her father’s death, Cinderella has been living with her cruel stepmother and spoiled stepsister, Dora, who treat her like a servant in her own house. During one of her escapes to the forest, Cinderella prevents a couple of men from hunting. Among them: the handsome prince of the kingdom. They immediately feel attracted to each other, but he is expected to find a suitable bride at the next royal ball, which Cinderella is now allowed to attend. Equipped with a great deal of courage and empowered by her three magical acorns, she decides to stand up for herself and determine her own fate.

Anime Film ‘The Deer King’ Coming to Digital Oct. 4, Blu-ray + DVD Oct. 18

Shout! Factory and GKIDS have announced the Oct. 18 release of the new animated film The Deer King in a Blu-ray Disc + DVD combo pack.

The disc release will be preceded by the film’s Oct. 4 availability on all major digital platforms, for both rental and purchase.

Bonus features include conversations with the voice cast, an introduction from director Masashi Ando, a design gallery, and more.

The Deer King is based on the award-winning fantasy novel series by author Nahoko Uehashi, which has sold over 2 million copies and won major literary awards. Animated by the Production I.G studio, the film marks the directorial debut of animator Ando, who previously worked as a character designer, animation director, and key animator with the famed Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke), and with directors Satoshi Kon and Makoto Shinkai. Co-director Masayuki Miyaji is best known for directing the 2009 series “Xam’d: Lost Memories” and work on Studio Ghibli films such as My Neighbors the Yamadas. Notable works from  Production I.G include Ghost in the Shell and the series “FLCL,” “Haikyu!!” and “Psycho Pass.”

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The Deer King is a story of survival. Following a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, his solitary existence is upended when a pack of wild dogs carrying a deadly and incurable disease attack, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Finally free, the pair seek out a simple existence in the countryside but are pursued by nefarious forces. Intent on protecting Yuna at all costs, Van must uncover the true cause of the plague ravaging the kingdom — and its possible cure.

Anime Film ‘House of the Lost on the Cape’ Coming to Blu-ray, Digital Sept. 27

Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts have announced the Sept. 27 release of The House of the Lost on the Cape, an anime feature based on the award-winning Japanese novel by Sachiko Kashiwaba.

The film will be available as a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack as well as a digital download.

Directed by Shinya Kawatsura (Non Non Biyori, Kokoro Connect), The House of the Lost on the Cape follows 17-year-old runaway Yui and 8-year-old Hiyori, who lost her family and her voice. They have no place to go when they run into Kiwa, a strange old lady. She offers them a place to stay in a slightly banged-up old house overlooking the sea. Despite joining Kiwa on a whim, the two girls find comfort in Mayoiga, a legendary house, said to look after lost travelers, and the warm hospitality of Kiwa. Both girls’ damaged hearts begin to heal little by little.

Available for the first time in North America, the film will include bonus features such as a special Q&A with director Shinya Kawatsura at the Annecy Festival, and Yui and Kiwa’s secret recipes.

The House of the Lost on the Cape won Best Animation Film at the 76th annual Mainichi Film Awards and was an Official Selection in feature film competition at the prestigious 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

Shout! Factory Teams With Candid Camera to Release Allen Funt Biopic

Shout! Factory in collaboration with Candid Camera Inc. will release the newly produced documentary feature Mister Candid Camera on Aug. 2 across all major digital VOD platforms.

The biopic of Allen Funt, who as creator of the hidden camera gags is known as the father of reality television, will be available for both purchase and rent.

The film was written and directed by Funt’s son Peter, and features Carol Burnett, Howie Mandel, Fannie Flagg and others, with insight into the methods and machinations of the legendary television pioneer.

The release coincides with the 75th anniversary of Funt’s foray into hidden recordings with the Candid Microphone radio series, launched by ABC Radio in June 1947. The following year the program went to television and today stands as the only entertainment show in TV history to have produced new episodes in eight different decades. 

Funt retired in 1993 and died in 1999 shortly before what would have been his 85th birthday.

“Our film has been well received in recent months by festival audiences,” said Peter Funt. “We tried to paint an honest picture of my dad, who was at times hard to work with but probably doesn’t get enough credit for his profound influence on nonfiction TV.”

Shout! Factory recently obtained distribution rights to the documentary, along with exclusive digital and broadcast rights in the U.S. and Canada to the “Candid Camera” episodic library. “We’re excited to bring the package to new and older generations of fans,” said Shout’s Jordan Fields. “Peter’s documentary is a loving and entertaining tribute to his father and the show that immortalized him.” 

Mister Candid Camera was produced by Brian Courrejou with editing by Bob Franco.

Kino Now Streaming ‘The Cinema of Mark Rappaport’ Movies, Shorts

Kino Lorber on July 19 announced it is making available “The Cinema of Mark Rappaport” available for the first time on Kino Now, the indie film distributor’s streaming service.

The collection includes more than 30 films, including Rock Hudson’s Home Movies, From the Journals of Jean Seberg, and The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender, plus various short films.

The New York Times has observed, “Rappaport might be considered the original ‘VCRchaeologist’… Rappaport maintains that ‘the major and most interesting part of film history is gossip,’ something he is pleased to deliver.”

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Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and residing in Paris since the early 2000s, Rappaport is known as a trailblazer of the video essay form, with a decades-long career in which he created painstakingly assembled works that interrogate the cinematic medium through striking juxtapositions. Rappaport’s career began with the 1966 short MUR 19. After making more than a half-dozen shorts in the 1960s and early ’70s, he made  a series of eccentric narrative films, stuffed with cinematic references and formal experimentation.

Rappaport’s most well-known works were created in the 1990s and feature his signature style of cinematic commentary comprised of archival film clips. 

The Rappaport film collection joins a growing number of filmmaker collections available digitally on Kino Now, including works by Ken Jacobs, Lina Wertmuller, Derek Jarman, Ida Lupino, Miklos Jancso, Deborah Shaffer, and Jean-Luc Godard. Three films that are part of the Mark Rappaport collection now being shown on Kino Now also are available on DVD: Rock Hudson’s Home Movies, From the Journals of Jean Seberg and The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender.

Shout! Studios Acquires North American Rights to ‘Iké Boys’

Shout! Studios has acquired North American rights to the fantasy action-adventure Iké Boys. Directed by Eric McEver and written by McEver and Jeff Hammer, the film stars an ensemble cast of Quinn Lord, Ronak Gandhi, Christina Higa, Billy Zane, Yumiko Shaku and Ben Browder.

The film was produced by Jeff Hammer of Wisconation Productions, and Brion Hambel and Paul Jensen of Best Medicine Productions. Executive producers are Kevin Waller and Nathan Gardocki. 

Shout! Studios is the multi-platform entertainment distribution and
production arm of Shout! Factory.

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Blending live-action and animation, Iké Boys is a coming-of-age story of outcasts as well as an ode to anime and kaiju. The film had its world
premiere at Fantastic Fest, and will have its international premiere at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) in South Korea later this month.

Shout! Studios has secured all distribution rights for the film in the United States and Canada and plans to release it across multiple digital and VOD entertainment platforms this fall. The film’s producers also plan to host event screenings of the movie in select cities later this year.

Iké Boys is a knowing and wonderfully offbeat fantasy adventure, a love letter to Japanese pop culture staples kaiju and anime,” said Jordan Fields, VP of acquisitions at Shout! Studios. “It’s tailor-made for the geek culture audience and such a natural fit for Shout!”

Hammer added, “We are thrilled to be partnered with Shout! As a mixed-media film with live-action, original animation, and tokusatsu special effects, there literally isn’t a company better suited to bring this film to the world.”

Jackrabbit Media is handling international sales.

In the film, best friends Shawn Gunderson and Vikram Kapoor escape from the drudgery of high school life in Oklahoma through their obsession with all things Japanese. When a mysterious anime film transforms them into its superhuman characters, they at first think that their wildest fantasies have come true. But when ancient monsters threaten to unleash the apocalypse on New Year’s Eve of 1999, Shawn and Vik must look to each other to become the heroes they were always meant to be. Joining their adventure is Miki, a Japanese exchange student whose determination to go on a Native American vision quest puts her on a collision course with both Shawn and Vik and their foes — and whose destiny may determine the fate of the world.

Shout! Studios Sets Sept. 6 Release Date for WWII Actioner ‘Spitfire Over Berlin’

Shout! Studios has announced the Sept. 6 release of Spitfire Over Berlin, a wartime action epic from director Callum Burn (Lancaster Skies, The Drift).

The film will be available for digital purchase, on VOD, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Featuring aerial footage and an engaging tale of bravery, heroism, and suspense, Spitfire Over Berlin takes viewers back to August 1944 when the American Eighth Air Force is poised to strike Nazi Germany. British intelligence learns that they could be flying into a deadly trap, and with only hours to spare, Flight Lt. Edward Barnes must fly a life and death mission over Berlin in his unarmed Spitfire to obtain photographic evidence and save the lives of 1200 Airmen.

The Blu-ray and DVD editions includes special features, such as the theatrical trailer, and audio commentary with director Callum Burn, producer Andrew Burn, and director of photography Sam Parsons.

Shout! Factory to Release ‘Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman’ Sept. 6 in Seven-Disc DVD Set

Shout! Factory is prepping the complete anime series “Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman” for Sept. 6 release in a seven-disc DVD set, as part of Shout! Factory’s new partnership with Hasbro.

Available for the first time in North America, the series is part of the Super Sentai franchise, which spans 46 different series and concepts.

Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman: The Complete Series is being released in collaboration with eOne, which Hasbro acquired in 2019 for $4 billion. It contains all 48 episodes presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

“Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman” premiered in Japan in 1990 and is the 14th installment in the Super Sentai franchise. 

The series takes place 20 years after the five Hoshikawa children’s planet was attacked by the brutal Zone Empire. The kids, who escaped and were raised on Earth, must prepare for a brand-new war. This time, though, they’re ready … having developed the powerful Fiveman technology that will help them defend Earth from the same empire that conquered their home world.

Kino Lorber Preps 1955 Classic ‘Marty’ for July 19 Blu-ray Disc Release

Kino Lorber is giving the 1955 classic Marty the special-edition treatment, celebrating the first film to win both a best picture Oscar and a Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm award.

Marty will be released July 19 on Blu-ray Disc, at a suggested retail price of $29.95, under Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics banner.

Directed by Delbert Mann, Marty stars Ernest Borgnine as Marty Piletti, a 34-year-old Bronx butcher who has always been shy and uncomfortable around women. So when he meets Clara (Betsy Blair), a lonely schoolteacher who’s just as smitten with him as he is with her, Marty’s on top of the world. But not everyone around him shares Marty’s joy. And when his friends and family continually find fault with Clara, even Marty begins to question his newfound love — until he discovers, in an extraordinary way, the strength and courage to follow his heart.

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Marty was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won four, including Best Actor for Borgnine, Best Director for Mann and Best Screenplay for Paddy Chayefsky.

Marty arrives on disc from a brand-new 4K master. The Blu-ray Disc special edition includes a new audio commentary track by entertainment journalists and authors Bryan Reesman and Max Evry. The disc includes both the 1.85:1 and 1.37:1 versions of the film.